Cyber crime is no longer the exclusive domain of nerds with advanced coding and hacking skills. Thanks to simple and affordable, DIY downloadable crimeware, even novices can jump into what has turned into a global industry.
This is a far cry from the days when hacks were motivated more by the thrill of the kill than monetary gain, with even Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak (Apple’s co-founders) allegedly on their rolls. It’s in the last decade, with the widening reach of the internet, that cyber crime turned virulent, as viruses like Melissa and I Love You clogged inboxes and spawned a multi-billion-dollar anti-virus software industry. And now, with the DIY attack kits, cybercrime is evolving into an extremely profitable, distributed global entity.